Barbie Forteza eschews lavish debut party

“Para sa akin, hindi naman po worth it gumastos para lang sa isang gabi,” says Barbie Forteza about her decision not to have a party for her 18th birthday.


Barbie Forteza turned 18 on July 31.

But she chose to be practical and disregarded the idea of throwing a lavish party.

“‘Yon na nga po ang tinatanong nila sa akin. Gusto po nila talaga.

“Ilang beses na po ako kinukulit ng GMA at ng Artist Center.

“Gusto po talaga nila akong bigyan ng masayang debut.

“Kaya lang, sabi ko, sayang naman po talaga 'yong effort at 'yong gastos.

“Ako, sa sarili ko, hindi ko naman po talaga gusto.

“Para sa akin, hindi naman po worth it gumastos para lang sa isang gabi,” she told the entertainment reporters.

Instead of a party, Barbie wants a Ford Ranger Wildtrak pick-up truck.

“Kumbaga, kung gustuhin ko man magkaroon ng regalo, sasakyan na para magamit,” The Half Sisters actress said.

She added, “Gusto ko ng sasakyan ko na puwede kong i-drive. Approval na lang ng parents ko.”

Asked why she prefers a truck instead of a car, “Kasi convenient bilang bahain sa Pilipinas.

“At saka 'yon po talaga ang dream car ko, maluwag at saka hindi ako fan ng maliliit na kotse.

“Pinag-uusapan na namin ng tatay ko, umiiling na lang ang nanay ko.

“Ayaw niya pa. Ayaw niya muna akong mag-drive.”

KIDS WITH CANCER. Barbie will also continue her tradition of celebrating her birthday with cancer-stricken at the Philippine Children's Medical Center.

This year is extra special because of her participation in the adopt-a-room project.

“Nag-effort kami na kumuha ng kuwarto para i-renovate para paupahan sa mga mako-confine doon.

“'Yong buong season na kita ko, doon mapupunta sa charity rooms,” Barbie explained.

In addition, special boxes for donations to PCMC (Philippine Children's Medical Center) have been placed in the GMA compound.

Lastly, Barbie will also hold a belated birthday party with the PCMC kids after July 31.

“Nitong past four years, nag-o-organize kami ng party sa maliit nilang play area.

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“Maliit lang din na party para sa mga bata.

“This year, mayroon din akong ganun pero mas malaki lang para mas maraming bata,” she said.


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